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20.11.2023 - 15:37 / travelweekly.com
The Mexican Caribbean has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world -- so much so that when visitors come to the Riviera Maya they often forget to do one very important thing: turn around.
The bone-white, powder-soft sand and gently rolling turquoise waves are indeed special on the Riviera Maya. For many travelers, the beach is their favorite part of a Mexican Caribbean holiday.
But the Ventus Ha' at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort does things a little differently than most resorts, putting the focus not on the beach but on the lush mangrove forests. With their mesmerizing birds and wildlife, the canal-webbed forests are just as definitive of the Mexican Caribbean as the postcard-perfect sea it shares the canvas with.
The newest member of the all-inclusive El Cid Resorts family, the Ventus Ha' sits on the same grounds as the already-established Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort and the Ventus at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort.
The Ventus Ha' features 150 rooms and suites that range from Junior Suites with one king bed and one queen Murphy bed to the expansive Three Bedroom Suite Platinum units.The rooftop Rüf Bar is the sole adults-only escape at the Ventus Ha'. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ventus Ha' at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort
The room I stayed in was a One Bedroom Suite Platinum, which featured a spacious living room, two balconies and a hammock. Platinum Club Level rooms have added amenities like complimentary lounge access, separate check-in and checkout, late checkout and butler service.
The design of the rooms as well as the public spaces is focused on the jungle aesthetic at the Ventus Ha', with wooden accents, bamboo, stone and clay. Jungle-shrouded paths with footbridges over small creeks weave their way through the property.
Perhaps the most coveted space at the resort is its chic Rüf Bar. The only adults-only escape at the resort, the rooftop perch has its own private pool, Bali beds, a bar area with live DJs and private massage areas. The exclusive space is perfect for stealing away at a corner table to enjoy a crafted cocktail or a glass of wine and watch the sun slip down into the mangrove forest.Rooms and suites at the Ventus Ha' have balconies with hammocks. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ventus Ha' at Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort
One of the ways Ventus Ha' highlights the mangroves -- and their role in the history and culture of the Mayans of the Yucatan Peninsula -- is to host a Mayan dinner overlooking the canals, shrouded by jungle foliage. The dinner experience is more like dinner theater, with video projected across the tables and over the mangroves.
Each dish in the multicourse meal is paired with a story that tells
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